“The Shape of Water” leads Oscar race

The Producers Guild of America (PGA) is the first industry organization of the season to award “The Shape of Water” as the year’s best movie.

On January 20, The Shape of Water won the PGA for Best Picture. It is one of the four most important pre-Oscars awards, alongside the SAG (Screen Actors Guild), DGA (Directors Guild of America (DGA) and WGA (Writers Guild of America).  

Director Guillermo del Toro could not be present at the event to receive the award because he had to take care of his ill father in his hometown. Thus, co-star Richard Jenkins of The Shape of Water appeared on stage to read the letter of thanks from the Mexican producer and director. 

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On behalf of director Guillermo del Toro, actor Richard Jenkins received the PGA award for The Shape of Water. Photo: Shutterstock. 

Jenkins read a letter from the Mexican filmmaker, dedicating “a little moment and the honors of this night to both my father and my mother, to whom my infinite gratitude belongs and, in turn, as a father to offer to my kids also, may they be free to pursue their dreams and fantasies and may they stand by my side when I fade away.” 

The movie's co-producer, J. Miles Dale, was there and made a short speech after being handed the statuette. The filmmaker joked about how it was hard to win-over audiences with a flick that has a cleaner [Sally Hawkins] and an amphibian man [Doug Jones] as the main characters. He quipped: "When your romantic leads are a cleaning lady and a fish, it's a tough sell." 

Producers Guild of America includes 8,200 members. In the history of 28 PGA award ceremony, the results of the PGA have coincided with Oscar’s for 19 times. In the last two years, The Big Short (2015) and La La Land (2016), after winning the title, were defeated by Spotlight (2015) and Moonlight (2016) in Oscars.

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The Shape of Water's victory in the evening of January 20 will still make the film ahead of Oscar awards. Photo: Fox Searchlight. 

PGA and Oscar have been similar in 8 consecutive years in the category “Best Picture” with Birdman (2014), 12 Years a Slave (2013) and The Big Short and Spotlight (2016). , The Artist (2011), The King's Speech (2010), The Hurt Locker (2009), Slumdog Millionaire (2008) and No Country for Old Men (2007). 

So, the Shape of Water crew can celebrate their success after defeating other opponents in this year's PGA movie awards such as Call Me by Your Name, Dunkirk, Get Out, Lady Bird, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri ...

By: Christina Baker

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